CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam County can build another 23 homes on a North Charleston hilltop after a city agency approved its final subdivision plan on Wednesday.
Members of the Municipal Planning Commission unanimously OK'd the final plat plan for the North Hills Subdivision Street B, which calls for two-dozen modest homes on equally modest lots along an extension of North Hills Drive.
Habitat volunteers already built the first home during the last month in what they call a blitz build, and Director Shawn Means expects to build the rest during the next few years.
Also Wednesday, planning commissioners approved the rezoning of a small lot adjacent to the One Stop in Kanawha City and final plat plans for two other subdivisions -- one in Northgate Business Park, the other in the Sherwood Forest.
Michael Graney of One Stop said he wants to buy the home at 309 50th St., tear it down and add the property to the gas station site at the corner of MacCorkle Avenue and 50th Street. To do that, he needs the property rezoned from R-4 (single-family residential) to C-8 (village commercial) like the rest of the gas station.
Graney said he will to move a fence in the rear to provide privacy for homes across the alley. One neighbor asked Graney to build a block wall with a fence on top to keep car lights from shining into his home at night.
George Patterson, lawyer for Northgate developer John Wellford's Corotoman Inc., said nearly everything is in place to create a 4.5-acre tract on a flattened hilltop for the new home of Energy Corp. of America.
The 60,000-square-foot building will allow ECA to double its staff to about 220, with on-site parking, he said. "Associated Architects has designed the building, Jarrett Construction has agreed to build it."